"The song has an important message", she is quoted as telling the Daily Express before winning the contest, which features artists from dozens of countries in and around Europe, plus Australia. As she picked up her award, Netta shouted to the audience "I love my country". "Look at everyone together! We have a reason to be happy, don't let anybody put your fire out - nobody will put our fire out".
Only days before in the early hours of Sunday morning following her historic win, massive street parties erupted in the square and across the country. At a short press conference held alongside the plane, Barzilai said: "This is a great moment for me, for the [Israeli] delegation and for the country". "The team and I worked very hard and gave a good performance, and I don't think we could have done more than we did".
This year's song contest featured singers from 43 countries competing in Lisbon, after Portugal won Eurovision in 2017 (the winning country hosts the following year's contest).
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began his weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday by acknowledging Israeli singer Netta Barzilai's win a day earlier in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, an worldwide singing competition.
"We write our own stories, I'm proud of all of you and I'm proud of our family", she said, before launching into the well-known anthem twice in a row.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat vowed his city would "grant any help needed in putting up Eurovision 2019 in the capital of Israel".
At the tail end of a day of deadly clashes in Gaza and the tense relocation of the US Embassy to Jerusalem, Rabin Square filled with flag-draped fans and girls sporting Barzilai's trademark Mickey Mouse buns.
In a gracious gesture, Mauboy paid tribute to the competition's victor - Israel's Netta Barzilai.
Netta's physical appearance has upended traditional notions of what it takes to be a female pop star, and she has become a model for plus-size women.
Barzilai, a plus-sized 24-year-old, said "Toy" was a celebration of diversity and a protest against the objectification of women and body shaming.
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The three Israeli songs that had won the contest before "Toy" - "A-Ba-Ni-Bi" in 1978, "Hallelujah" in 1979 and Dana International's "Diva" in 1998 - were sung in Hebrew.
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